Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead has appointed Michael K. Davis to the state Supreme Court.
Davis is current a state district judge for Laramie County. He will succeed Justice Michael Golden, who is retiring effective Sept. 30. Within the next month, Golden will reach the mandatory retirement age of 70 set in the state Constitution.
Davis will be the first Justice chosen by Governor Mead. The Wyoming Supreme Court consists of five justices who serve eight-year terms. It decides cases and exercises administrative supervision over the Wyoming State Bar.
The Bureau of Land Management is backing a proposal to open a wild horse sanctuary in the Centennial Valley. The BLM announced its decision Wednesday following a month-long public comment period.
The owners of the 4,000-acre Deerwood Ranch about 30 miles west of Laramie want to provide long-term care for up to 300 wild horses gathered from Wyoming rangelands. The horses would not be kept on public lands and would all be geldings.
The state of Wyoming says Secretary of State Max Maxfield has no legal basis to file a lawsuit over term limits for state elected officials.
In a recent filing with the state Supreme Court, Wyoming Attorney General Greg Phillips argued that because Maxfield has not said whether he will seek a third term he hasn't been harmed by the term limit law.
A new federal report says a flight instructor had warned a Minnesota man of the dangers of flying his single-engined airplane over the mountains of northwestern Wyoming just weeks before the 2010 crash that killed the pilot and his three sons.
The National Transportation Safety Board on Monday published its report on the crash in Wyoming's Wind River Range that killed 41-year old Luke Bucklin of Minneapolis and his three young sons.
Firefighters quickly pounced on new wildfires started by lightning in northern Wyoming as they contained or gained near containment on the state's largest fires. The fire situation has improved a great deal in Wyoming because of rain and cooler weather over the weekend. Firefighters are being reassigned elsewhere or are being rested.
A new wildfire has erupted in Wyoming. The Fontenelle Fire is burning in the Bridger-Teton National Forest about 30 miles northwest of LaBarge in western Wyoming. It has burned about 100 acres and firefighters are being deployed to combat it. The cause of the fire, which was reported on Sunday, is under investigation. Meantime, the Russell's Camp fire burning south of Glenrock grew to more than 8 square miles over the weekend, but firefighters have managed to gain 25 percent containment.
Democratic Albany County Commissioner Tim Chesnut says he will run for the U.S. Senate.
The 47-year-old Laramie resident admitted his chances of victory were small. But Chesnut hopes his campaign will help shift the political climate away from the hyperpartisanship seen today and encourage politicians to find middle ground.
Chesnut will face perennial office-seeker Al Hamburg, a retired painter from Torrington, in the August Democratic U.S. Senate primary.
An 8-percent budget cut would cost Wyoming's seven community colleges about $9.1 million.
Falling energy revenues has prompted Gov. Matt Mead to order state agencies to prepare for 8-percent budget cuts for the fiscal year that starts in July 2013.
James Rose, of the Wyoming Community College Commission, says each community college board of trustees has the freedom to handle any funding cuts as it see fit so he can't speak to whether any faculty and staff positions would be threatened with layoffs.
A veteran officer is taking over as the new colonel of the Wyoming Highway Patrol.
Lt. Col. John Butler of Cheyenne has been selected as the new administrator of the patrol and will be promoted to the rank of colonel. He's the twelfth person to head the patrol since its formation in 1933.
Butler is a 27-year Highway Patrol veteran. He replaces Col. Jess Oyler, who retired at the end of last year. Butler has served as interim patrol administrator since Oyler's retirement.
An orthopedic surgeon who has risen quickly to become one of the highest-ranking Republicans in the U.S. Senate is officially seeking his first full term in office. Sen. John Barrasso kicked off his campaign Tuesday at the Wyoming State Capitol in Cheyenne by saying Wyomingites want the federal government to leave them alone. Democratic Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal appointed Barrasso in 2007 after the death of Sen. Craig Thomas. Barrasso since has risen to chairman of the Senate Republican
Laramie resident Mark Jenkins has reached the summit of Mount Everest.
Jenkins reached the summit of the world's highest mountain on Thursday. He called his wife by satellite phone from a lower camp a few hours later.
The University of Wyoming announced Jenkins' achievement. He first attempted to climb the mountain in 1986 when he was a graduate student at the university. He's a writer-in-residence for the UW master's degree program in creative writing.
Federal land managers have rejected an application by a Colorado company to use bacteria to produce methane from northeast Wyoming coal beds.
The Gillette News-Record reported Thursday the Bureau of Land Management threatened to prosecute Luca Technologies Inc. for trespassing if it continued the work. The company says it will comply but disagrees with the decision and may sue.
The BLM acted after Luca refused to pay an additional $40,000 for the cost of processing the application, on top of $40,000 it paid previously.
The Casper Democrat running against Wyoming U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis is a political newcomer who says he wants to represent the interests of working families.
Chris Henrichsen is a 35-year-old political science instructor at Casper College. He filed paperwork on Thursday declaring his candidacy to run against Lummis.
Lummis announced on Monday that she's seeking a third term as Wyoming's lone member of the U.S. House of Representatives. A Republican, she served earlier as Wyoming treasurer and in the state Legislature.
The Wyoming Supreme Court has upheld a life sentence for a Casper man convicted of kidnapping and aggravated burglary in an attack on his girlfriend. The court on Tuesday rejected an appeal from Christopher Counts, who was sentenced to life in prison last year as a habitual criminal. Authorities say Counts broke into his girlfriend's house with a knife in July 2010 and wouldn't let her leave. The Wyoming Supreme Court ruling states that Counts wrote to the woman while his case was pending and tried to get her to testify
Wyoming continues to have one of the worst rates of death on the job. New figures from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics show that Wyoming had the second-highest rate of deadly workplace accidents of any state in 2010. Only West Virginia had a higher rate. Contributing to West Virginia's rate in 2010 was a coal mine accident that killed 29 workers and was the nation's deadliest mine accident in 40 years. Wyoming's high workplace death rate reflects an energy industry
Wyoming's top oil and gas regulator says the companies involved in a natural gas well blowout in eastern Wyoming last month won't face any fines. Tom Doll, the state's oil and gas supervisor, tells the Casper Star-Tribune that well owner Chesapeake Energy Corp. and drill rig owner Trinidad Drilling Ltd. won't be cited for the blowout. The mishap vented up to 2 million cubic feet of explosive gas and 31,500 gallons of drilling fluid into the air and around the drill site near Douglas.
Four out of five scientists who reviewed Wyoming's proposed wolf management plan say they believe it's likely to maintain a stable population in the state.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Friday released its second scientific peer review of Wyoming's wolf plan. The agency released an earlier review this winter but called for another after the state modified its plan.
Three workers at the Sinclair refinery near Rawlins have been flown to a burn center in Colorado following a flash fire. Sinclair Oil Corp. says the incident happened inside a gas recovery unit at its refinery, about five miles east of Rawlins, about 10:20 a.m. Tuesday. Sinclair Police Chief Jeff Sanders says it was a flash fire and four workers were originally taken to Memorial Hospital of Carbon County. A Memorial Hospital spokeswoman says three of the workers were
Western state officials took turns bashing the federal government at a congressional field hearing on proposed nationwide drilling rules on hydraulic fracturing. But Democrats on the panel Wednesday, along with some Colorado environmental activists, insisted that health concerns around the drilling procedure known as fracking mean there is a need for common health and safety standards. Officials from Colorado, Wyoming and Utah testified before the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources Wednesday at the
The Northern Arapaho Tribe is pressing its legal claim that tribal members shouldn't be subject to taxation by the state of Wyoming or Fremont County on lands around Riverton. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver is set to hear an appeal from the Northern Arapaho next week. The tribe is appealing a 2009 ruling by Judge Clarence Brimmer of Cheyenne that dismissed its legal challenge. Brimmer ruled the Northern Arapaho Tribe's lawsuit couldn't proceed without the involvement of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe and
The Wyoming Supreme Court has agreed to decide Secretary of State Max Maxfield's lawsuit challenging term limits for statewide elected officials. Chief Justice Marilyn S. Kite on Tuesday signed a notice that the court will decide whether the state law setting term limits for statewide elected officials is constitutional and enforceable. District Judge Thomas C. Campbell of Cheyenne earlier asked the high court to resolve the question. Maxfield is now in his second four-year term as secretary of
A federal judge has tossed out a lawsuit that Encana Oil and Gas filed against a tribal judge on the Wind River Indian Reservation. Judge Alan B. Johnson of Cheyenne last week dismissed Encana's lawsuit against John St. Clair, the chief judge of the Shoshone and Arapaho Tribal Court. Encana sued St. Clair in February claiming the tribal court had no jurisdiction over the company. The lawsuit followed St. Clair's ruling that Encana must answer a wrongful death lawsuit filed by
The state Education Department has granted 20 school districts waivers from meeting a state law requiring a 16-to-1 student-teacher ratio in kindergarten through third grades. The waivers are good for the 2012-13 school year. State schools superintendent Cindy Hill says the 16-to-1 ratio is challenging for some districts but she's confident all will eventually reach the mandate that was set by the 2011 Legislature as part its education reform initiative. State law allows districts to seek a waiver from the Education
Federal regulators have granted a rehearing for further consideration of a Colorado businessman's proposal to build a pipeline to deliver water from southwestern Wyoming to southeast Wyoming and Colorado's Front Range. Aaron Million of Fort Collins had sought a permit from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for his project because a system of turbines and reservoirs that he plans to build along the pipeline would generate electricity. However a FERC official said in February that Million's application was premature and lacked